Foss Lake 6 Missing Identified: Foss Lake Remains Linked To Missing People

October 23, 2014 | By Garrett Montgomery More

The remains of 6 people who went missing in 1969 and 1970, found in 2 cars submerged in Foss Lake, have been identified by the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, the bodies found in the Chevrolets, were of a group of adults who disappeared in 1969 and 3 teens who vanished in 1970.

Foss Lake 6 Missing Identified

The 6 bodies found in Foss Lake in Oklahoma, one year ago, have been identified as adults who went missing in 1969 and 3 teens who vanished the following year.

In September of 2013, police from the small town of Sayre were testing sonar equipment in Foss Lake when they made a disturbing discovery. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers found two cars containing 6 bodies.

Authorities located a green 1952 Chevrolet with the remains of 3 adults and a blue 1969 Chevrolet Camaro with the bodies of 3 teenagers along with several guns.

Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner worked with National Missing and Unidentified Persons System to gather missing person case information.

The Chief Medical Examiner had DNA testing done at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas, in order to identify the 6 individuals and contact their families.

The bodies pulled from the 1952 Chevrolet were identified as John Alva Poter, 69, from Elk City, Cleburn Hammack, 42, of Sayre and Nora Duncan, 58, of Canute. The three friends vanished in 1969.

The bodies recovered from the 1969 blue Chevy Camaro were identified as Jimmy Williams, 16, Leah Johnson, 18, who was a Native American and 18-year-old Thomas Rios. The three teens were from Sayre.

Johnson was regarded as a princess because she was related to legendary Indian chief, Sitting Bull. The teens disappeared in 1970, after they told relatives, they were going for a ride around town.

The 3 friends had plans to attend a football game, the night they went missing. Williams purchased the car, 6 days before he died.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office believe all 6 people drowned in Foss Lake.

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  1. tim says:

    Man,this is really strange.first off I have been over the two cars hundred of times loading and off loading my boat.Then my wife wrecks our car,so I took it to a body shop at Clinton OK.I Walk into the body shop and guess what sits on showroom floor?A 69 BLUE CAMARO.I got to talking with the owner of body shop.He says he has a friend that go fishing at foss lake all the time.The friend has been claiming for a long time there was two cars in that spot because he could see them on his fish finder and he was catching the most fish there.The name of body shop is Todd Stehrs bodyshop.The owner is Todd.He is kind of a big guy.


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